A local bail bondsman's tenacity in recouping $75,000 led Atlantic City, N.J., police to a 27-year-old bail jumper who's charged with killing four people in Baltimore during an 11-day stretch in 1990.
Carlos A. Murray, a Jamaican national who once resided in the 200 block of Hammershire Road in Owings Mills, is being held by Atlantic City authorities and is awaiting extradition to Baltimore, Detective Oscar L. Requer of the Baltimore homicide unit said.
"The FBI is happy. The police are happy. And we are entitled to get our money back. Everybody is happy, except Mr. Murray," said Steven B. Weiner, owner of Courtside Bail Bonds Inc. "I'm surprised the FBI or police didn't call to thank me."
Mr. Weiner said he posted $75,000 bail for Murray two years ago, following his arrest on a narcotics charges. He forfeited the money when Murray jumped bail, but it will be returned to him when Murray is returned to Baltimore to stand trial.
The bondsman said that Murray, who has a record of narcotics and assault convictions, had been a neighbor of his for about eight years and that he had posted bail for him on two other occasions. But, in the summer of 1990, as Murray was about to stand trial on the narcotics charges, Mr. Weiner said he learned that Murray was also wanted for murder.
"I said, 'Oh, my God, this guy has a court date next week. We can kiss that [bail money] goodbye,' " Mr. Weiner recalled.
The bondsman, who spent almost two years trying to track Murray down in other states, said earlier this week that someone called and told him that Murray was staying in a government-subsidized second-floor apartment on Ohio Street in Atlantic City.
About 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, police went to the apartment and arrested Murray without incident. "He just smiled and said, 'You finally got me,' " Mr. Weiner said.
City police described Murray as a major cocaine dealer who is wanted for a string of slayings that began June 4, 1990. "He dealt in cocaine and lead," one detective said.
As a result of the investigation, two of Murray's brothers, Devon Murray and Christopher Murray, were also charged in connection with separate slayings, police said.
Carlos A. Murray has been linked to the following slayings:
* The first victim, Alonzo Tyrone Lynch, 30, of Laurelton, Queens, N.Y., was shot just after 9 p.m. June 4, 1990, while driving his car in the 5000 block of Park Heights Avenue.
* About 2:30 a.m. June 7, 1990, six gunmen raced into a house in the 200 block of East Lafayette Avenue and started shooting.
Mark Garland Pendergarst, 38, of the 200 block of East Lafayette Avenue, was killed and two other people were seriously wounded.
* Just before 6 p.m. June 14, 1990, Roy Lionell Bland, 28, was slain while sitting on his steps in the 1100 block of North Eden Street.
Police said two men walked up to Mr. Bland, who was armed with a pistol. One of the men grabbed Mr. Bland's gun while it was holstered on his waistband and pumped several shots into Mr. Bland's head.
A vial of cocaine was later found on the victim, police said.
"Bland was known by police and people on the street for holding up drug dealers," Detective Requer said. "We strongly feel this was the reason
for it [the slaying]."
* Just before 11 p.m. the next day, Mary Giles, 23, was shot dead in her house in the 3300 block of West Belvedere Avenue. A friend of the victim, who was in the house, returned the gunfire and wounded one of the two suspects, Roland T. Davenport, 21, of the 1400 block of North Aisquith Street. He is now serving a life sentence for two slayings, police said.
Seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the spate of shootings and several others are still being sought, police said.
Mr. Weiner said he once attempted to get Murray featured on the television program "America's Most Wanted," but the show's producers told him that there would not be much interest in drug dealers killing drug dealers.